Larry Graham, owner of Graham’s Neon and Electric Sign Specialists in Mesa, looks over the third portion of the iconic Diving Lady neon sign from the Starlite Motel he has been restoring for the Mesa Preservation Foundation. This section of the Diving Lady soon will be on display at the former Victoria’s Secret lingerie store space at Fiesta Mall for a fundraiser on Sept. 13, 2011.
Larry Graham, owner of Graham’s Neon Sign Specialists in Mesa, looks over a recently restored portion of the iconic Diving Lady sign that is on track to be rededicated in front of the Starlite Motel in east Mesa after it was heavily damaged after a fall during a thunderstorm in October.
New York-based artist Mary Anne Erickson who is known for her renderings of Americana and vanishing roadside culture, is helping to raise funds for the restoration of Mesa’s iconic Diving Lady neon sign at the Starlite Motel. Erickson is selling 50 limited edition prints of the diving lady she painted in 2007 and donating $100 from the sales to the Mesa Preservation foundation which needs $25,000 to place the restored sign back in place. (Photo courtesy Mary Anne Erickson)
New York-based artist Mary Anne Erickson, who completed an oil painting of Mesa’s Diving Lady neon sign in 2007. (Photo submitted)
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